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Poster: Vindman Date: May 2, 2008 5:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Need help with archive

Well I have the grate pleasure of writing about the live music archive for a school project due this upcoming week. It deals with copyright laws and such, most of it pretty self explanatory when dealing with bands, such as our own, that allowed taping and trading of their live shows. I was wondering if anyone had any added insight in dealing with the archive and copyright issues that made add some spice to an otherwise dull, limited topic. Thanks


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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: May 2, 2008 5:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Need help with archive

The Univ. of Texas has an excellent online tutorial about copyright at

and Duke University made a comic book to introduce people to copyright law:

If it seems complicated, that's because it is.

I'd be happy to answer any specific questions this weekend (I'm a digital librarian who works with copyright regularly, but I'm *not* an attorney); shoot me an email at miedmonds AT yahoo DOT com if you want to.

My understanding is that the only reason we can listen to so much of the Dead's music here is because they, the copyright holders, give us permission to do so. As the creators of the music, only they have the right to reproduce it -- tapes made by audience members included. Just because I made a copy of your teenage love letters, I don't have the right to publish them on the Web; similarly, just because I taped a show in 1975, I don't have the right to publish it on the Web.

We should all remember once in a while the generosity of the bands who give us access to what is, legally, theirs. I'm not sure too many of us would be so generous with our own assets, whatever form they may take.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: May 2, 2008 7:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Need help with archive

BTW, David Lange, my ent law professor and a great guy (and huge figure in public domain issues), is a huge Deadhead who keeps a big picture of the Blues for Allah skelton on violin in his office (and he's not alone on that faculty for a certain love for the band)


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Poster: AshesRising Date: May 2, 2008 5:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Need help with archive

Vindman: I recommend selecting that link on the top of this page, "About IA." http://www.archive.org/about/about.php --- just keep scrolling through that page and you'll eventually find something to fill the void.

--- AshesRising

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